I was hosted in the city by Mauricio Bonilla Padilla, now a key person on the sustainability side at Grupo Bimbo, who I first met years ago when I was doing a session at Imperial College.
After a successful session with around 16 top executives of the company, Mauricio took Jim McKeown and I around the city. One particular highlight was the Cantina l’Opera, where – because I felt I had finished for the day – I had my first tequila. Exquisite. Great food, too.
Among other things, we went to the top of the Torre Latinoamericano, from where the views were giddying. I had been feeling the effect of altitude since arriving in Mexico City, thanks to my very low heart rate, but the infinitesimal sway at the top of the tower enhanced the effect significantly. And, no, it wasn’t the tequila.
Earlier in the afternoon, we had been out to a Grupo Bimbo production plant some way from the centre, which was fascinating. Rather different from the Bimbo Bakeries USA plant Amanda (Feldman) and I visited in Pennsylvania late last year. Meanwhile, if all goes well, it looks as though I may be back in Mexico City later in the year. I look forward to it.